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Programme Manager

A Better Start Southend
Closing date
15 Jun 2021

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ABSS is looking for a 'Programme Manager' to join the team. The purpose of the role is to lead and ensure delivery of the A Better Start Southend programme's portfolio of projects to time, cost and quality requirements, with systems and processes appropriate to the size and scope of the projects and programmes commissioned.


26 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata for part time employees
Additional annual leave for long service
Enhanced sickness pay
Employer and employee contribution pension scheme
Regular access to internal and external learning and development opportunities
The Alliance operates a Team Recognition Scheme to recognise the outstanding work of the staff across the Charity
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Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme - an introduction payment of up to £100

Main duties:

Ensure ABSS commissioned projects are clearly specified with appropriate service level agreements and targets and are delivered in accordance with contracts.
Review existing contract management processes and procedures to ensure they are fit-for-purpose and appropriate to the current stage of the ABSS Programme.
Review commissioned projects as they approach contract term, lead reviews, recommissioning or decommissioning.
Contribute to the development of medium/long-term legacy proposals for commissioned projects and programmes.
Line manage Project Management staff

Essential criteria:

Educated to degree level or equivalent.
Proven experience of successful programme and project management in complex environments.
Experience of managing people and coordinating activity to achieve project objectives.
Demonstrable leadership skills in motivating and influencing stakeholders to contribute to the overall success of each strand of the programme.

Hours per week: 37.5

Weeks per year:52

Closing date: Sunday 13th June 2021

Virtual interview dates: Monday 28th June 2021

Please note our virtual interviews take place via Microsoft Teams, you may need to download this prior to your interview.

About The Service

A Better Start Southend (ABSS) is a ten-year Lottery funded programme developing innovative new approaches to supporting children and families, with the aim of improving the life chances of over 13,000 babies and young children across Southend-on-Sea. Comprising of a partnership of key agencies and the local community, the programme commenced in April 2015 and is managed by the Early Years Alliance and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

The ABSS Programme focuses on three key work streams: Diet and Nutrition, Communication and Language, Social and Emotional Development, with a further two sub-themes of Systems Change and Community Resilience.

The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding across the whole organisation.

The charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and equal opportunities in employment.
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